2024 : 4 : 15

Ghader Mirzaghaderi

Academic rank: Professor
Education: PhD.
ScopusId: 24335609700
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture
Address: Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding - College of Agriculture - University of Kurdistan - P.O. Box: 416 - Sanandaj - Iran


Meiotic segregation and post‑meiotic drive of the Festuca pratensis B chromosome
B chromosome · meiosis · pollen mitosis · chromosome drive mechanism · CENH3 · nondisjunction
Journal Chromosome Research
Researchers Rahman Ebrahimzadegan ، Jörg Fuchs ، Jianyong Chen ، Veit Schubert ، Armin Meister ، Andreas Houben ، Ghader Mirzaghaderi


In many species, the transmission of B chromosomes (Bs) does not follow the Mendelian laws of equal segregation and independent assortment. This deviation results in transmission rates of Bs higher than 0.5, a process known as “chromosome drive”. Here, we studied the behavior of the 103 Mbp-large B chromosome of Festuca pratensis during all meiotic and mitotic stages of microsporogenesis. Mostly, the B chromosome of F. pratensis segregates during meiosis like standard A chromosomes (As). In some cases, the B passes through meiosis in a non-Mendelian segregation leading to their accumulation already in meiosis. However, a true drive of the B happens during the first pollen mitosis, by which the B preferentially migrates to the generative nucleus. During second pollen mitosis, B divides equally between the two sperms. Despite some differences in the frequency of drive between individuals with different numbers of Bs, at least 82% of drive was observed. Flow cytometry-based quantification of B-containing sperm nuclei agrees with the FISH data.